Better known in the United States as the Brussels Griffon, these toy dogs are tought to be descended from the Affenpinscher.
Various subdivisions of the breed are recognized in Europe, based essentially on the colour of the coat. The Griffon Bruxellois is, by definition, pure red in Europe, whereas the Griffin Belge is black, or a combination of black and tan. The third form, produced by cross-breeding with the Pug is the Brabancon, distinguishable by virtue of its smooth, short coat.
Coat Type/Colour: Shaggy; Pure Red
Height: 7 Inch Max (18 cm)
Weight: 5 – 11 lb (2.3 – 5 kg)
Nature: Sensitive, Easy to train, Intelligent
While even the most devoted admirer of these dogs would not claim that they were particularly attractive in appearance, they have much in their favour in terms of temperament. The Griffon Bruxellois dog is a responsive and affectionate breed, which is quite easy to train and settles well in fairly urbanized surroundings. They used to be kept as stable dogs bred for killing vermin, but soon progressed to riding on the seat at the front of horse-drawn cabs, next to the cabbie. Their appealing natures would doubtless have endeared them to passengers. The Griffon Bruxellois became know in Britain just before the turn of the century, and reached the United States for the first time soon afterwards. They are easy in terms of care, although the rough-coated varieties will need to be stripped about twice a year. This can be carried out easily in a grooming parlour.